Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Tour - Delicate Arch with hikers
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Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Tour - Sunset in Arches
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Hiking in Arches National Park, Utah - Backroads
Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour
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Utah's Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour

Epic National Parks in the Southwest

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Casual & Casual Plus Hotels

From: $3,199 - $3,299 pp dbl occ

($700 - $950 for sgl occ)

Canyons stretched across the Colorado Plateau like an enormous wind-scoured sculpture garden. Soaring sandstone spires tinged in brilliant orange and red. Intricate canyon labyrinths in a million crimson variations. Around every delicate arch, behind each massive monolith, the landscape of this red-rock wonderland invites exploration. 

Utah Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour map
Utah Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour map

Colorado & Utah

Start/End Grand Junction, Colorado

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Marvel at nature's magnificent creations—soaring spires, arches, fins and canyons—in a landscape formed by eons of wind and water 
  • Explore Arches National Park and behold iconic—and aptly named—Delicate Arch, the state symbol of Utah 
  • Savor vast desert panoramas and views of the Colorado River from the mesa of Dead Horse State Park
  • Journey through the Earth's history amid rippling rock layers in Colorado National Monument 


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Follow spectacular trails atop Dead Horse Point, a vast mesa with an incredible view of the Colorado River as it twists through a gooseneck canyon 2,000 feet below you | Marvel at the wilderness and jaw-dropping scenery of Canyonlands National Park, the largest and least developed of Utah's national parks | Explore the Needles, clusters of sandstone spires in the southern end of the park | Chesler Park Overlook offers a vivid panorama of the Needles' red and white layers of Cedar Mesa Sandstone, as well as views of the La Sal Mountains | Wander around the quirky town of Moab or relax by the hotel pool. 


Exterior of Hoodoo Moab
Hoodoo Moab
| Casual Plus Hotel

Find mountain and city views at this modern hotel with an ideal location in Moab. (pool, spa)

Days 3-5

Prepare to be awestruck in Arches National Park, home to the world's greatest concentration of natural sandstone arches | Hike to some of the park's most iconic features, including Double Arch and Delicate Arch | Explore to your heart's content before heading to our rustic riverside hotel | Wind your way up, down and around an adventurous trail leading toward expansive views of the soaring sandstone formations known as Fisher Towers, a series of enormous monoliths | Look for climbers scaling the towers and enjoy sweeping views of Castle Valley, Onion Creek and the Colorado River below | The afternoon is yours to relax poolside or visit the lodge's Moab Film and Western Heritage Museum | Journey to Colorado National Monument, home to 20,500 acres of sandstone monoliths and red-rock canyons | Meander through geologic time on the Monument Canyon Trail.

Exterior view of the Red Cliffs Lodge
Red Cliffs Lodge
| Casual Hotel

Originally a turn-of-the-century homestead, this comfortable lodge is surrounded by 2,000-foot cliffs and set along the Colorado River. (pool) 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes a mix of rugged desert trails with some rocky and sandy sections, sections of slickrock (petrified sand dunes) and some well-maintained dirt paths. Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 4 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 6 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 2 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 200 ft. gain

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

The Southwest's canyon country is vast. As a result, this trip includes a few longer shuttles that allow us to cover the distance between the highlights we visit in Colorado and Utah.


While this trip has an activity level rating of 2–4 based on mileage and elevation gain, some of the terrain can feel more challenging. Be prepared to hike on a variety of trail surfaces, including rugged desert trails with some rocky and sandy sections, sections of slickrock as well as some well-maintained dirt paths. A few sections require the ability to step up and down rock steps that have a higher rise than typical stairs. Your Backroads leaders will be there to lend a helping hand!

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